Saturday, October 18, 2008

Carnival of Cool Homeschoolers # 11

Drop by Homeschooled twins to read the Carnival of Cool Homeschoolers # 11

Homeschool Blog Awards ~ Nominations Closed

Nominations for Alasandra's Homeschool Blog Awards are now closed. Since Mother Crone's Homeschool is now offline, I am going to drop it from the adult blogs. I am really disappointed that Angela choose to discontinue her blog as it was one of my favourites and I thought it contained a lot of wonderful material. I will start working on getting the polls up, I hope to be finished by November 1st.

  • Adult Blogs-
    Mother Crone's Homeschool (offline) ~ removed from contest.
    Ragamuffin Studies
    Day by Day Discoveries
    The New Unschooler
    Bore Me to Tears
    Get In, Hang On
    Handmade Homeschool
    Homeschooled Twins
    Welcome to Barton Cottage
    Our Busy Homeschool
    Ramblings, Rants & Remedies
    Survive the Experience
    Little Blue School
    Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers
    At Home Science
    Homeschooling Ideas
    The Thinking Mother
    Principled Discovery
    Kim's Play Place
    Home Spun Juggling
    Hilltop Academy
    Homeschool Buzz
    Here in the Bonny Glen
    Schooling from the heart
    Renaissance Mama
    As Cozy as Spring

  • Group Blogs-
    Cocking a Snook!
    Growing in Grace
    Radical Unschoolers' Network
    Life Without School
    The Homeschool Classroom

  • Teen Blogs-
    The Daily Planet
    Quilted Story
    Esme Emannuel
  • Sunday, October 12, 2008

    Ramblings, Rants & Remedies: MS homeschoolers and vaccination in the news

    Ramblings, Rants & Remedies: MS homeschoolers and vaccination in the news

    I got an award

    Life on thePlanet thinks I am worthy of the Brillante Weblog Award 2008, muchas gracias. And my apologies for taking so long to post it.

    Now to pass it on.

    Stop harassing homeschoolers about vaccinations

    Chris Joyner claims homeschoolers are avoiding vaccinations. Read The Clarion Ledger's Some Miss. parents home-schooling kids to avoid vaccinations.

    Some public health officials are concerned the growing popularity of home schooling has created gaps in the vaccination safety net, leading to outbreaks of rare childhood diseases

    First off many homeschoolers do vaccinate their children to imply that all homeschoolers do not vaccinate their children is misleading and unfair. The reporter also ignores the fact that most parents make the decision to vaccinate before the child reaches school age (see vaccination schedule). The decision to homeschool may be driven by the parents desire not to expose their children to what they see as risky vaccines. But homeschooling isn't to blame for children being unvaccinated.

    All states allow unvaccinated children to attend school with a medical doctor's excuse. Mississippi and West Virginia alone allow no exemptions beyond medical necessity, leaving parents with home-schooling as the only option if they do not want to have their children vaccinated.

    So public school students with a medical doctor's excuse do not have to be vaccinated, but the reporter focus only on unvaccinated homeschoolers in his article. Also no mention is made of students enrolled in private schools, are they required to vaccinate or is it left up to the parents and the private school officials?

    Like many states, Mississippi does not require parents to register their children if they intend to home school. Ann Zeise, an independent researcher who runs a home-schooling Web site, used Census data to project an estimate of the number of home-schoolers for each state. Her estimate for Mississippi is more than 14,000 students.

    Shoddy reporting here MS law requires homeschoolers to register with the school attendance officer for their school district.

    Caplan does little to calm the fears of parents who home school their children to prevent government-mandated vaccines. He said states should require home-schooled children to be vaccinated and make it tougher to get an exemption.

    Really in light of this I think the decision to vaccinate should be left up to the parents.
    After years of insisting there is no evidence to link vaccines with the onset of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the US government has quietly conceded a vaccine-autism case in the Court of Federal Claims.
    Government Concedes Vaccine-Autism Case in Federal Court - Now What?

    If the Federal Government can not prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the vaccines are SAFE for all children then no one should be forced to have their children vaccinated.